February 21, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Sydney August, Week 1


Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Sydney August

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Sydney August’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Water bottles

Total items collected: 21

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
-2 salsa containers (1)
-2 food containers (5)
-tomato container (1)
-bread bag (4)
-food container (1)
-salad bag (7)
-dates container (1)
-plastic bag (2)

Items: Nonrecyclable
-frozen fruit bag
-2 oat bran bags
-2 candy wrappers
-plastic wrap
-rice noodle package
-2 mini rice noodle packages
-chips bag
-ice bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-plastic bag (replace with reusable bag)
-ice bag (replace with ice trays)
-tomato container and salad bag (could buy these items from farmer’s market and put in reusable bag)

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
To-go food containers

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I should buy less to-go foods

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
To-go food containers

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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